The Sound of Animals Fighting
Lover, the Lord Has Left Us...


2.5
average

Review

by Ryan Flatley EMERITUS
March 26th, 2007 | 98 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "Lover, The Lord Has Left Us..." is a rollercoaster of good and bad moments with a new twist to listening to music. Unfortunately, they do a poor job of collectively collaborating throughout the album.

‘Who was that band you played in the car? The Sound of Animals Dying or something?!’ No, I told my friend, what we listened to was the progressive/experimental group known as The Sound of Animals Fighting. Members included are from such acts as Circa Survive, Rx Bandits, and Chiodos. Following, Tiger & The Duke, I felt that they would build off their dynamic debut. Instead, they took a completely different approach, far away from the progressive aspect and more towards an experimental feel. Using beats from random objects to a Neurosis song, they tried to revamp their style. Unfortunately, they load the album with too much of content that plagues the record in a not-so-cohesive manner.

Essentially, on Lover, The Lord Has Left Us…, there are seven filler/intro/outro tracks. That is seven tracks too many. The first of which is a noise intro with random and jazzy horns with static. Next, we have, “Un’aria,” which a vocal performance by Craig Owens. He graces our presence again later on the record in another vocal performance, “Un'aria Ancora,” which is equally cheesy. “Chiracho Summit” is a spoken poem with feedback, different loops, and static effects added, making a disturbing sound presence. While the poem has some beautiful things to say, it is not exactly pleasing. They continue with the white noise with a song that is similar to the last track, named, “The Golden Boy That Was Swallowed By The Sea.” Ugh, no words. But it is not all bad.

While there are many elements that make this album a complete abomination, other portions shine. “Horses in the Sky” provides a progressive rock chorus with a completely wild verse with weird rhythms and random effects that positively add to the song. Regardless, whenever “Horses in the Sky” is played, the chorus and the guitar solo are my weaknesses. It is a feeling that is unexplainable but has a majestic feeling of triumph and power that completely takes over. On a different note, “Stockhausen, Es Ist Ihr Gehirn, Das Ich Suche” is a compelling song to say the least. It begins with what almost sound like kitchen utensils and then it slowly transitions into a piano and guitar section that is quite elegant and classy. Completed with harmonics and a very pleasing piano, it is a relaxingly odd track.

After twelve tracks of a constant love and hate relationship, the most complete song comes out of left field, “The Heretic.” For once on the record, a song that flows, transitions beautifully and is hardly irritating. The lyrics are clear and the string accompaniment in the background layers the song with awe and an aura. Meanwhile “This Heat” slowly paces into this flowering gem, but acts bewildered towards the end. In addition, during this song a particular lyrical phrase caught my eye.

Waste of life, feel the music change your mind
Where's your body, where's your soul?

Now this can imply that people should be more accepting of music such as this Lover, The Lord Has Left Us. The last track, “There Can Be No Dispute That Monsters Live Among Us,” is a key example, but tries too hard to express the meaning of this album. The band tries to shove the fact that they are playing experimental music down your throat. Completely unnecessary.

However, the lyrical verse that was the most intriguing throughout this whole experience was during, "Stockhausen, Es Ist Ihr Gehirn, Das Ich Suche," when I hear, ‘Maybe I'm just not ready.’ It is probably true; I may not be ready for this record. While there are some great tracks, it is too inconsistent as a record. The Sound Of Animals Fighting need to collectively learn about to how produced a record that flows from track to track. They accomplished it during Tiger & The Duke with every song having a break between, but that was still a bit much. While it has grown on me from the initial listens way back when, it is still not solid. Regardless, there is a level of respect for what they are trying to do. While excessive at certain points, there are pleasing aspects to be enjoyed and embraced. I will admit it a completely new sound to me and could go in a great direction, but as I stated before, maybe I’m just not ready.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
trustxdialect
March 26th 2007


1502 Comments


Brilliantly put. The paragraphs are kind of jaunting, but otherwise you state your case well. This is pretty horrible as whole and I've never been able to listen to it more than a couple of times.

edit: Ugh, just kidding. The Heretic is good and that's about it.This Message Edited On 03.26.07

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
March 26th 2007


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Bloody awful. Tiger & The Duke was at least enjoyable.

laserlife42
March 26th 2007


23 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Wow, tough crowd. I actually found the CD to be for, the most part, enjoyable.

Abaddon2005
March 27th 2007


684 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Great review though I disagree. Stockhausen especially is a great song. On a side note, I'm not really sure which version you have. There are some differences between the CD and the leaked version.

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
March 27th 2007


4927 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

"I had pre ordered, Lover, The Lord Has Left Us… shortly after they announced that it was going to be released." :p

Abaddon2005
March 27th 2007


684 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

ah, oops.

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
January 16th 2008


4927 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

They are coming out with a new album this summer. I am looking forward to review that one also. It will be interesting where they go with the upcoming album.

botb
January 16th 2008


9780 Comments


Can someone please send me this? I can't find it anywhere and I enjoyed their first album a lot.

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
January 16th 2008


4927 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Well this album is not nearly anything like their first album. I'll see what I can do about your request though.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
January 16th 2008


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

You probably don't want to soil your opinion of the album really.

HighandDriving
January 16th 2008


3288 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This album isn't as bad as Illuvator would have you believe.

botb
January 16th 2008


9780 Comments


thanks isitluck?. I blogsearched it and didn't find anything and the stores around here don't carry their records.

HighandDriving
January 16th 2008


3288 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I believe these guys are also recording a new album right now.

cometuesday
January 16th 2008


959 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This whole thing is a bunch of potentially good ideas executed very poorly. Your review pretty much says it all.
And that last song is just plain stupid.

LifeInABox
January 3rd 2009


3709 Comments


The Heretic reminds me so much of Movie Never Made, and I'm sure they did that purposefully.

sniper
October 23rd 2009


19079 Comments


i really like this a lot. theres tons of filler, but the "real" tracks are all phenomenal.

DayMan
November 8th 2009


146 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

like this a lot more after watching the live dvd

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
July 11th 2010


4927 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

said it in the review kinda yup

EvilCashew
July 24th 2010


132 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I do like this band but this album wasn't so great.

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
September 3rd 2010


4927 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Ok, so I don't hate this nearly as much as I did, but there are still 5-7 tracks than can lick my grundle

Intro, Un'aria, Chiracho Summit, Prayers on Fire, Golden Boy, Un'aria Ancora, There Can Be No Dispute That Monsters Live Among Us

Remove those and album is solid and consistent because it's still that mix of weird electronic/experimental music with a hint of progressive without the pretentious 'we are doing this because we are artsy and trying to be DIFFERENT.



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